James Ratino grew up riding dirt bikes on his family’s property in Garrett County. It is here where his family would host various clubs and groups which spurred his interest in public OHV access. Over the years he has spent time riding ATV’s, SxS’s, and wheeling in his old Jeep Cherokee (XJ.)
After college James focused on his passion for dirtbikes and noticed the lack of access Maryland had, yet plenty of opportunity to create the access. A member of one of the clubs James is a part of asked him to join the MDOHVA board. Once seeing there is a future for OHV in Maryland, James volunteered and was voted to become the 2nd President of the organization.
James’ vision for MDOHVA is to be the go-to resource for OHV in Maryland. He has spent much time enriching MDOHVA’s partnership with Maryalnd’s Department of Natural Resource, getting on a first name basis with Local and State Legislators, and assisting the Town of Kitzmiller become the “Gateway to Wolf Den Run State Park.” He is long term goals include some form of OHV access in all of the main regions of Maryland, getting a Hatfield-McCoy type trail system developed, and to pass this sport onto future generations.
Ken is one of the founding members of the MDOHVA and the immediate past president. Ken is a recreational rider, adventure tourer and former sidecar racer. He helped found MDOHVA because it needed to be done and no one was standing up to do it. He brought the skills he learned from 27 years in the USAF to craft a strategy, build a team and work the system. With the foundation laid, he gladly passed to torch to a new generation and provides support as the treasurer.
Jeff got involved because getting trails for off-highway vehicles was something that needed to be done and he wanted to be part of it. Jeff loves motorcycles and is an avid outdoorsman. He is the Legislative officer for R&T Club, a longtime WATR member and an AMA District 7 board member.
Shelley Argabrite, M.A., is an avid rider and outdoor enthusiast who loves sharing her passion with others. Whether on the street, dirt, or track, there’s always a big smile behind her helmet! Shelley brings extensive experience to the board regarding community engagement, grant writing & management, and ensuring a spirit of collaboration that carries the mission of MDOHVA to all stakeholders. Please don’t ask her to name a favorite motorcycle, but count her in when it’s time to ride!